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Duo Foster and Allen's face huge tax bill

MUSICAL double act Foster and Allen are each facing a €3m bill for unpaid taxes after their challenges against the Revenue were dismissed.

Anthony Allen, of Kileenatoor, Mount Temple, Co Westmeath had opposed an application by Revenue for €3.389m, arising from unpaid taxes between 1986 and 1997.

In a separate motion, Mr Allen's musical partner Michael Foster, of Walshtown, Mullingar, Co Westmeath, had asked the court to set aside a summary judgement for €2.947m. The judgment related to unpaid taxes from 1986 to 2002.

Mr Justice John Hedigan yesterday ruled against the entertainers, noting that they had brought "great joy" to many over the years, but the court was satisfied to rule against them.

Ryanair in ¤45k stairs payout

RYANAIR has been ordered to pay €45,000 to an ex employee who injured his back while moving aircraft stairs at Dublin Airport.

Damien Warcaba (25), a former baggage handler, took proceedings against Ryanair Ltd following an incident at Dublin Airport on July 17, 2008.

Mr Warcaba, of The Rill, Waterside, Malahide, Co Dublin, testified that he had pulled the stairs on his own for two or three metres to connect it with the door of a Boeing 737 aircraft.

While pulling the stairs he felt something slide in his back and shortly afterwards he realised he had suffered damage.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton said that during training Mr Warcaba was told at least two people had to move aircraft stairs. However, other staff members believed that while this was the theory the reality on the ground was different.

Italians won't retire later

FEW Italians are willing to make sacrifices like retiring later to cut public debt.

According to a survey, most Italians think the country should stay in the 17-nation eurozone even though the European Union is demanding tough economic reforms.

Ninety-three per cent said reducing the public debt was either an "extremely" or "very important" goal for the government. But only about a quarter favoured reforming workplace laws to make it easier to sack people, or raising the retirement age.